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Wondering what to do this week? Well read on to know about the many activities that you can indulge in around Mumbai

Live it up with books  

11.30 am: The weekend can’t get better than having books for company. The Literati Café — a book club — is a platform for all book lovers to meet and discuss books over a cup of hot coffee. This week the participants will discuss Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn.

The book tells the story of a young couple, Nick and Amy. The first half of the book deals with the change in the lifestyle of the couple on moving from New York to Carthage, once Nick loses his job as a journalist. Amy and Nick’s contradicting views on each other leave the readers curious. The second half deals with the couple’s secrets. Nick has an affair whereas Amy, who goes missing in the first half, wants Nick to get into trouble for her disappearance.
What is the future of the couple? Will they be able to understand each other and their desires?

Where: Crossword bookstore, Inorbit Mall, Malad
Call: 66450950/66550960
Entry fee: Free Age limit: 18 years and above

Life as we know it

7.45 pm: On-screen couple, Anoop Soni and Smita Bansal, team up to present a play called Hum Do Hamare Woh. The play revolves around a couple on the verge of a divorce after having lived together for almost 15 years. Samir (played by Anoop Soni) believes that he is going to die and announces his wife Saloni’s (played by Smita Bansal) remarriage. In an interesting turn of events, Saloni’s friend comes into the picture and once the marriage has been fixed, Samir gets to know that he isn’t dying.

In the confusion, what will Saloni’s decision be? What will happen to Samir? And what will Saloni’s friend go through? Go and find out.

Where: Rangsharda Auditorium, Bandra Reclamation, Bandra West call: 26430544

Restoring peace between two worlds

1 pm and 9 pm: Tune in to watch Elysium, the story of Max, played by Matt Damon, who takes up the mission to bring equality between the worlds of Elysium and Earth. The plot is set in the year 2154 where two classes of people exist. The wealthy ones live on Elysium, while the rest live on Earth. A government official will do anything to enforce anti-immigration laws and preserve the luxurious lifestyle of the citizens of Elysium. The task of restoring peace between the two worlds rests on Max.
on: Sony PIX

Put on your dancing shoes

3.30 pm to 7.30 pm: Have you always wanted to learn hip-hop or be a b-boy/ b-girl? Here’s an opportunity. A dance workshop invites dancers and amateurs of all ages to come and learn the moves of hip hop and B-boying. The workshop not only teaches participants but also gives you a chance to enjoy dance performances by professionals.

Where: Oberoi Garden City, Off Western Express Highway, Goregaon East
Call: 40990824

Foodie Sundays

12 pm to 7 pm: If Sunday is associated with food for you, go and try out a variety of dimsums, soups, starters and desserts and fill your stomach with Pan Asian cuisine at Ping Pong. You can order the aforementioned dishes, unlimited, for R1,500 plus taxes. That’s not all; they have a special offer for children below the age of ten. They can enjoy their meal at R800 plus taxes.

Where: Ping Pong, G Block, Bandra East, Bandra Kurla Complex

Call: 67413333

Monday

The colours of nature
11 am - 7 pm: Contemporary artist Pradip Ghadge showcases his latest works in an exhibition titled Elegance. His creations highlight the beauty of nature and its extravaganza during various seasons through bright colours. Ghadge has been fascinated with the marvels of nature since childhood. The paintings depict his style of expression through oil on canvas.

Where: Nehru Centre Art Gallery, Discovery of India building, Dr Annie Besant Road, Worli
Call: 09021238196 / 09404790796

Tuesday

Saving the world
12 pm onward: Rang Rangila Gittu Girgit is the story of a simple chameleon who wants to bring back colour in his life. But on a larger level, the play aims to encourage the audience to think about how mankind is destroying environment in the name of urbanisation. Written and directed by Dhanendra Kawade, the cast includes Trupti Khamkar, Neha Sharma and Anuja Kale.

Where: Prithvi Theatre, Janki Kutir, Juhu
Call: 26145689

Wednesday

Jazz it up
7:30 pm-12:30 am: musician Louis Banks has curated a special event to commemorate International Jazz Day. Every year on April 30 this international art form is recognised for promoting peace and dialogue among cultures and reinforcing the role of youth for social change. As part of the celebrations, along with Banks, artistes, including Dhruv Ghanekar, Gary Lawyer, Gino Banks and Shefali Alvares, will pay a tribute to the art of jazz.

Where: blueFROG, Mathuradas Mills compound, Lower Parel
Entry: Free

Thursday

The magic of illusion
9 pm: World-renowned conjurer Criss Angel is back with his new show titled Criss Angel Believe. In this show, audiences will get a behind-the-scenes look at how Angel and his team of experts craft the illusions. Each episode will focus on his quest to perform a new demonstration. Viewers will also get to see how and where his team brainstorms, debates, constructs and helps him execute illusions.

On: History TV 18

Friday

Decoding physics
9 pm: Imagine the task of trucking two of the most precious steam locomotives across the Atlantic Ocean from North America to the UK or the Herculean task of hauling a brand new £ 20 million Search and Rescue Helicopter 3,500 miles to the Shetland Islands. The physics behind the trucking of oversize objects will be explored in a new show called Mega Moves.
On: Discovery Science

Saturday

Friends for life
2 pm: the musical Flubber and Friends tells a tale about how Flubber, a clown, and his pals experience life in all its innocence. In their pursuit of happiness, they discover a whole new world. Martin D’Souza plays the role of Flubber. 

The play also has several social and life messages presented through song and dance. The piece features original songs along with comedy, magic and live interaction with the audience.

Where: Canvas Laugh Factory, third floor, Palladium, Lower Parel
Cost: Rs 600
Call: 26730975

It’s raining pizzas

Ongoing till Wednesday, 12 pm to 11.30 pm:
The restaurant New Yorker, which first opened shop almost 30 years ago, is hosting a pizza festival till the end of this month. The eatery has added over 16 new pizzas to its menu for the month, specially for the festival. The list of new pizzas include Bombay Masala Pizza, Olympiakos, the hummus based Pizza topped with Feta Cheese, Pizza Chocolata and the Pita Pizza, among others.

At: New Yorker, Fulchand Niwas, 25 Chowpatty Seaface
Call: 23677500

Junk music and art

Saturday, 10 am to 12.30 pm: Ever wondered what to do with all that junk that’s lying around your house? Well, you can now make music out of it. Beats & Brushes Recycled is a two-day workshop on how you can utilise the junk in your house, the best way, through the medium of art and music. On Saturday, you can learn the basics of rhythm and music followed by how to make music from material like empty bottles, cans, spoons and paper. The day will conclude with a group performance by the participants. Participants should be between eight to 11 years of age. The event is scheduled to be held on May 3, so hurry up and register!

At: ArtDesh — The Studio, White House Annexe, Ground Floor 91 Road, Walkeshwar
Entry (Music & Art Workshop): R1000
For any one: R600
Call: 2369 2860 / 61

The real gang

Tuesday, 6.30 pm onward: Directed by Nishtha Jain, the documentary Gulabi Gang tells the story of the famous pink sari-clad women of Gulabi Gang, in the badlands of Bundelkhand in central India. They don’t think twice before travelling long distances to seek justice for women and Dalits and remain undeterred by sneering policemen. Sampat Pal, a no-nonsense woman, is the gang’s leader. The gang encounters resistance everywhere — including villages that unite to protect criminals. The gang was recently in the news when Pal got a stay order from the Delhi High Court on the release of the Madhuri Dixit and Juhi Chawla-starrer Gulaab Gang, which is believed to have been inspired by the real-life gang.
At: Alliance Francaise De Bombay, Theosophy Hall 40 , Churchgate, New Marine Lines
call: 220359931 / 22036187

Pasta from scratch

Monday, 12.30 pm to 2.30 pm: It is so easy to make pasta at home that you’ll probably want to hit yourself on the head by the end of this class for not trying it out sooner. Palate Culinary Studio will teach foodies how to make pasta from scratch. Dishes include Chicken Scaloppini, Grilled Ratatouille and Polenta with Onion Marmalade.
At: Palate Culinary Studio, G-2, Bir Sagar, Talmiki Road, Potohar Nagar, Santacruz West
entry: Rs 2500

Roman reel

Today, 12 noon onward: Head to The Russian Centre where the Enlighten Society will screen three of director Roman Polanski’s best films — Rosemary’s Baby, Chinatown and The Pianist.

Rosemary’s Baby is a psychological horror film based on the bestselling 1967 novel Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin. The film revolves around a pregnant woman (Mia Farrow) who fears that her husband may have promised their neighbours their child to be used as a human sacrifice in their occult rituals.

Chinatown, which stars Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway, was inspired by the California Water Wars, a series of disputes over southern California water at the beginning of the 20th century.

The Pianist, starring Adrien Brody, is a World War II memoir by the Polish-Jewish pianist and composer Wladyslaw Szpilman.

Where: The Russian Centre, Pedder Road, Mumbai
Tickets: R500-R4,500
Log on to: www.bookmyshow.com

Sing along

Monday, 8 pm to 1 am: Have you ever gazed longingly at those amatuer, often out of tune but uninhibited people on the mic at a karaoke night and longed to join the fun? Cheval could be the place for you, then. Today, Vazeil Trivedi will host Karaoke Revival with KJ Savio D’Sa, and it’s a good time to tune in.

The restaurant promises the perfect ambiance and music. If you run out of steam, sip on some of their interesting concoctions and grab that mic again.

Where: Cheval, 145, MG Road, Kala Ghoda, Fort
Call: 40396632

Game of Foams, anyone?

Tuesday, 7 pm onward: The Barking Deer Brew Pub is all set to host a Game of Thrones-inspired night tonight. This medieval- themed evening will comprise a quiz night to test the participants on the Game of Thrones.
Join a team of three-four people and play trivia testing your knowledge on beer and the Game of Thrones series. Winners will be awarded the first tappings of The Ale of Heros, a hearty, robust Scotch Ale (not for the faint-hearted). Once The Ale of Heros has been tapped, the grand Game of Foams Feast shall commence with much fanfare.
Enjoy a majestic spread of roasted meats, succulent vegetables, mounds of jacketed potatoes, desserts and all the fixings in banquet style. Don’t leave without trying to eat with your hands like in medieval days. A King and Queen may even be crowned (hint: dress in Games of Thrones attire).

Where: The Barking Deer, Mathurdas Mill Compound, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel Call: 61417400
Entry: R750

Blood, wood and art

Ongoing, 11 am to 6 pm, Monday-Saturday: Tarq, the latest gallery to open in Colaba last month, presents its second show, titled One Day It Will Come Out by Soghra Khurasani. Khurasani is a Baroda-based artist. In her first solo show, she looks her complex practice, which “revolves around reactions to the political and religious realities of being in India today”. She often returns to the imagery of blood cells in her work to blur the line between powerful emotions and biological reality.

The exhibition includes several forms of printmaking and new media. Her print works include woodcut, etching and serigraphy techniques. Khurasani participated at the Kochi Biennale, the Birla Academy of Art and Culture (Kolkata) andUnited Art Fair (Delhi).

At: Tarq, F35/36, Dhanraj Mahal, CSM Marg, Colaba
Call: 66150424

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